Tom Hartley

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Tom Hartley
53rd Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
Preceded by Jim Rodgers
Succeeded by Naomi Long
Councillor on Belfast City Council
In office
1993 – Incumbent
Constituency Lower Falls, Belfast West
Personal details
Born Belfast
Political party Sinn Féin

Tom Hartley (born 1945 or 1946) is a historian and Irish republican politician.

Hartley grew up in the Falls Road area of Belfast and became a republican activist in the late 1960s. In 1970, he was imprisoned in the Crumlin Road gaol for ten months for riotous behaviour; he was again imprisoned in 1978. During the 1981 Irish hunger strike, Hartley chaired the POW Committee.[1]

Hartley became active in Sinn Féin, serving as the General Secretary in the mid-1980s and as the Chair in the early 1990s.[1] In 1993, he was elected to Belfast City Council for the Lower Falls, and has held his seat at each subsequent election.[2]

Hartley was one of three Sinn Féin candidates in Northern Ireland at the European election in 1994. Although he took only 3.8% of the votes cast and was not elected, he did receive more votes than the party's other candidates.[3]

In 2008, Hartley became the second Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Belfast.[1] In his spare time, he conducts tours of Belfast City Cemetery[4] and authored the 2006 book Written in Stone: The History of Belfast City Cemetery.[5]


Party political offices
Preceded by
Joe Cahill and Cathleen Knowles?
General Secretary of Sinn Féin
Succeeded by
Joe Reilly?
Preceded by
Seán MacManus
Chairperson of Sinn Féin
Succeeded by
Mitchel McLaughlin
Civic offices
Preceded by
Jim Rodgers
Lord Mayor of Belfast
Succeeded by
Naomi Long